Since the start of the mass vaccination campaign on March 2, 2021, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has vaccinated approximately 800,000 Ghanaians against COVID-19.
Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director General of the Service, who made the announcement in Kumasi, stated that nearly all health staff, both public and private, had been immunized.
He was speaking at the Service’s 2021 first senior managers’ meeting in Kumasi, which was themed “Strengthening Service Delivery and Sustainable System for Health: Amid COVID-19 and Beyond to Achieve UHC.”
The three-day meeting brought together senior executives from all 16 regions to evaluate 2020 success and strategize for successful health delivery.
Dr. Aboagye praised thousands of health workers for their tireless efforts and strong support over the past year.
“As a service, we have demonstrated our resilience in providing primary and secondary care services to the entire population of Ghana, and this has drew positive national and international attention,” he said.
He did, however, remind Ghanaians that the country was still in unprecedented times and that things could not be done the old way.
He said that the meeting provided an opportunity for a situation assessment and determination of priority concerns in the health sector to feed into annual planning while also serving as the basis for selecting
The theme for the meeting, he said, was a call to take stock of achievements, lessons learnt from the pandemic to sustain the gains and apply them to existing systems to enhance the journey to achieve targets of the Universal Health Coverage.
He charged health workers to redouble their efforts, saying it was the only way to strengthen the foundation for a more resilient, healthier and prosperous society for all.
Nana The meeting was chaired by Prof. Oheneba Boachie Adjei Woahene, Asantehene’s Hiahene, who stated that the country lags far behind in most basic indicators for sustainable healthcare delivery.
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He said there was a severe imbalance in doctor to patient ratio, describing the current situation of 1: 7500 instead of the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard of 1: 1320 as worrying.
Structural investments in healthcare delivery post-independence, according to him, were not comprehensive or integrated and that it was contributing to the lack of access to quality healthcare by most Ghanaians, particularly the poor and rural dwellers.
He called on the government and all stakeholders to tackle critical areas such as human resources, infrastructure, healthcare financing and effective management of communicable and non-communicable diseases.